Money Saving: a Snapshot Guide
Prior to coming to live in Vietnam I used to hear amazing money saving stories of people going to Thailand to have cosmetic surgery. Dubbed ‘Cosmetic Surgery Tourism’, it took off because it was so cheap. Doctors, we were told, ‘are highly skilled and trained’ and not only that, ‘it all costs a fraction of the price in Australia plus you get a holiday thrown in as well as somewhere to hide while you recover.’
HOI AN NOW TRAVEL GUIDE FOR DIGITAL NOMADS
There are a growing number of people who are taking their online jobs ‘to go’, fulfilling their wanderlust and funding it at the same time. Others have manoeuvred their work so that their traditional office jobs can be completed at home or away.
HOI AN NOW TRAVEL GUIDE TO LEATHER GOODS
I had been thinking for a few weeks that I wanted a leather bag made to replace my rucksack but I had no idea where to start. There are plenty of shops all over the Old Town advertising ‘real leather!’ or ‘bespoke for you!’ but I wanted to make sure I was getting a good deal. And it wasn’t helpful seeing leather goods advertised as ‘real!’ (usually in a loud, colorful font) – when I see that I’m immediately suspicious. When you’re looking at prices from $100 to $200 USD, you want to make sure you’re getting the real deal.
HOI AN TRAVEL GUIDE TO BARS
Bars in Hoi An are sprouting like mushrooms, especially in the growth areas of An Bang Beach and An Hoi Islet. From backpacker joints with thumping house to the refined Q Bar, from cocktail happy hours to dedicated live music joints there’s something for everyone in Hoi An.
The Lunar Calendar and the Full Moon Lantern Festival
Although the moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth it takes 29.5 days to complete its phases (because the earth is moving too). This makes it a bit tricky to nail down exactly on which date a full moon occurs, even in the lunar calendar. To cope with this some lunar months are 29 days and some are 30 days. In the wash-up the full moon usually occurs on the 15th or 16th day of each lunar month but not always.